- Associated Press - Saturday, July 9, 2011

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Andre Agassi used his induction speech at the International Tennis Hall of Fame to thank the sport for all it has given him _ including his wife, fellow Hall of Famer Steffi Graf.

Agassi acknowledged there were times he resented the sport, which his father pushed him into as a small child. But the 41-year-old, eight-time Grand Slam champion said Saturday it was all part of the journey that brought him to the Newport shrine. Agassi was No. 1 in the world for 101 straight weeks before dropping to No. 141. Only then did he really appreciate the sport.

Also inducted was Fern “Peachy” Kellmeyer, who fought for women’s athletic scholarships while in college and was one of the trailblazers in women’s professional tennis.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Andre Agassi used his induction speech at the International Tennis Hall of Fame to thank the sport for all it has given him _ including his wife, fellow Hall of Famer Steffi Graf.

Agassi acknowledged there were times he resented the sport, which his father pushed him into as a small child. But the 40-year-old, eight-time Grand Slam champion said Saturday it was all part of the journey that brought him to the Newport shrine. Agassi was No. 1 in the world for 101 straight weeks before dropping to No. 141. Only then did he really appreciate the sport.

Also inducted was Fern “Peachy” Kellmeyer, who fought for women’s athletic scholarships while in college and was one of the trailblazers in women’s professional tennis.

(This version CORRECTS age to 41.)


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